Kia Addison is serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA from August 2020 – August 2021, as our arts business development and outreach specialist. Kia is excited to work with and expand Tananáwit, by recruiting Warm Springs artists and helping them market their artwork through local and social media outreach. She’s also determined to expand our business training programs and opportunities for artists so they may sustain their work and practices in empowered, confident ways. She has traveled to Britain and Belgium as a student ambassador and been a host for two Portland Tedx Events. Kia was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. She wrote her first novel in sixth grade and (according to her!) it was terrible, but it put her on a path to graduate from Pacific University Oregon with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature. She’s a published poet, essayist and spoken word performer, and the first woman to graduate from college in her family.